De Maanhoeve - Moon Farm

This is a place to get to know yourself.

Choose our place if you are looking for nature, silence, spirituality... a space to reflect on life. Perhaps you have become aware of non-duality and at the same time of the duality in and around us, heart and mind, inner world and outer world.

With us 'The Moon Farm' - De Maanhoeve (in Dutch) you can share your talent and positive energy to contribute to maintain and develop The Moon Farm.

At the same time, there are 1 up to 3 volunteers, from all over the world, who share experiences and talents and are just part of our family ;) . We live here with Marcel, Jerien and Harm (Jerien's father), 14 chickens, and during retreats also our cook and the energy field of the retreat groups.

During the day you can contribute to our place (approximately 5-6 hours a day, 5 days a week in a flexible manner) by helping with:
- maintenance in the garden, picking weeds, pruning shrubs, replanting, sowing, taking care of the vegetable garden, etc
- keeping the place clean and nice
- we also ask you to wash the dishes after the meal, keep the kitchen clean and participate in cooking sessions.

Your stay at The Maanhoeve...

You have your own cozy private caravan in the tranquil garden. It's a bit like camping: there is electricity, a compost toilet, but no running water. You can always use toilets and showers in the 2 main buildings (50 meters from your caravan). In addition to your own caravan, there is a covered veranda to socialize with other volunteers in the evening or at daytimes. In our video-gallery you can get an impression of one of our cute caravans.

During the day you can also use our living room and kitchen as a common room. After dinner, the farm is the private space for the owners.

Your free time:
Volunteers like to go on a bike ride. There are some small villages nearby. Other volunteers like to read a book in a nice spot in the garden. Sometimes people take the bus to Groningen, a nice city nearby.
If you are interested, we offer you a Human Design lecture.

You are part of our household during the days. We eat together and cook in turns for eachother, you will work on tasks indepently during the day. By doing this you help us to have our hands free for all kind of other stuff that comes with running a retreat centre, like contact with teachers, work on the website, maintenance of the buildings and preparing our own retreats. Usually we do not plan very much ahead, we discuss what can be done in the morning, or work on a project for a few days in a row and you decide yourself about the time, pauses etc. It is al about balance what you can give and what you receive. We like to have conversations about life, consiousness and how we perceive life, but also love to connect without always the need to talk. We are used to a quiet life, practice to be present, not so much "in our head". We like to be open to share if any tension arrises, since that is where we can grow and learn from eachother. Feel invited to ask us for a personal talk if you like to discuss something you encounter in your own life, you would like to reflect on. We want to live together in balanced harmony, including flora and fauna, the environment, the world around us. Consciousness ensures that we experience our daily life in a meaningfull way and it ensures that we can grow by understanding. Our true identity is love and light. Our selve is part of the same source as we are all part of the same soure (non-duality) We are aware of the role of our Ego, our Mind and our Selves and support eachother to find/become/realise more and more ourselves. If these things attract you, then you will surely be able to have an unforgettable warm and rich experience at The Moon Farm and share that experience with others on your path. Please check our (multilangual) website https://maanhoeve.nl/ to get an idea what our centre is about. If you stay with us as a volunteer we provide a pick-up /drop of at the nearest train or bus station (Emmen, ter Apel, Borger). We can pick you up when you arrive before 20:00.

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Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

4.5

United States

5

Marcel and Jerien are absolutely wonderful, very easy going and friendly.
The place is calm and serene. I loved helping out and they allowed me to be me. The farm is a little off the beaten path, but with the bicycles and the flat terrain, getting around was super easy. We had several great conversations without anyone being intrusive, sharing only what was within my comfort zone. The food was something I would have never eaten on my own, but it was delicious and has opened up a whole new world of tastes for my future. The important thing about the work was just to focus on yourself.

23 days ago

Pakistan

5

In a nutshell De Maanhoeve is home and anybody from De Maanhoeve is Family

about 2 months ago

United States

5

This experience is truly one of the best. My time at the farm helped me grow so much as a person and truly find myself. The work was easy going and helped me get in touch with nature again. The host and facilities were amazing and felt like home. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get in to touch with nature and their inner self.

about 2 months ago

Canada

5

this place is the perfect home for introverts and people who need to reconnect with nature and themselves. you will lots of time to work on your own and find your balance. there’s always tasks that need to get done, but they’re always open to hear your ideas of what you feel like doing each day or what brings you the most joy to do.
they encourage you to work at your own pace, making sure you’re present within yourself and your energy.
there’s opportunities to work with other volunteers but you will be on your own primarily.
this place is ideal for introverts & neurodivergent people <3

8 months ago


Marcel replied

Thank you for being with us dear Janel, I have experienced joy having you around us, and your pure being and fantastic support really touched me inside , thanks do much and always feel welcome with us!

Argentina

3

The place was beautiful. I can't truly be objective as I was only able to stay for one week because I got very ill during my stay. The main work was in the garden and working outside while it's raining was hard for me. The hours were respected, same as days off. About Marcel, Harm and Jerien, I've learn a lot but I don't think we truly understood each other. They gave honest feedback and I appreciate it but I don't think telling me I act like an insecure child because I ask basic questions is reasonable. Silence during the meals felt awkward and forced. But overall, thanks for the experience.

8 months ago


Marcel replied

Thanks for your fair feedback, I understand your thoughts. I really hope you will develop more awareness on yourself, it will help you to grow further in your life.


Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature

Vegetarian / Vegan

Rural

Spiritual

Yoga / Meditation